This 10-Minute Umami Fried Rice Recipe Is Practically a Meal in Itself! by Chef Gigi Gaggero

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8 months ago
This 10-Minute Umami Fried Rice Recipe Is Practically a Meal in Itself!

During the week families need meals that are fast, cheap and easy. If I make rice I always make additional and set some aside just for this recipe. Add sautéed shrimp or grilled chicken, and there you have it ... dinner. To enhance the umami flavors (our fifth taste sensation) use Dashi broth instead of water when making rice!

You'll need:

  • 6 tablespoons butter  
  • 1 large yellow onion, very finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrots, peeled and diced very small
  • 6 cups day-old short-grain Japanese rice, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, cooked (optional)
  • 3 - 4 green onions, sliced in 1/4-inch diagonal slices
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Here's how to make it:

  1. In a large wok or sauté pan, heat the butter. Add the onions and carrots. Cook until the carrots and onions begin to brown and the natural sugars start to caramelize, about 4-5 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.
  3. Add the rice and stir until the carrot, onion and garlic are incorporated well. 
  4. Add the beaten eggs and toss the rice quickly to cook through. Stir well. After everything is incorporated turn up the heat to high and allow the rice to begin browning string constantly, about an additional 3-4 minutes.
  5. Season to taste with the soy sauce and add fresh cracked black pepper, if desired. Remove from the heat, add the cooked peas, and scallions and toss to fluff the rice up. Serve immediately. Garnish with sesame seeds

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Donna John
Mmmmmm! Love fried rice, Chef Gigi Gaggero ! Cannot wait to try this! Would using regular long-grain rice work?
Chef Gigi Gaggero
Or Cauliflower Rice for my #Vegan friends ! wink wink
Kristan Wager
Looking forward to trying this. We love rice!
Chef Gigi Gaggero
I broke the Benihana recipe code. its DELICIOUS! hope you love it Kristan Wager
Dan Scott
I'm on a rice binder I will have to make this :-)
Chef Gigi Gaggero
HA!!!!!! You are SO funny! Cannot wait for you to try it!!
Tiffany Zook
This was delish! And we have plenty for leftovers . So colorful! And healthy! (Substituted corn, my daughter ate all the frozen peas right out of the freezer)

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